Military Pharmacy

You can fill your prescriptions at military pharmacies for free, if they carry the drug(s):

  • Military pharmacies stock drugs on the Basic Core FormularyA list of drugs that are available at all full-service military pharmacies. They meet most of the primary care needs of TRICARE beneficiaries. as well as many brand name maintenance drugsAny drug you take regularly for a chronic condition. on the Uniform Formulary.
  • Call the military pharmacy to verify your prescription is available.
  • Get up to 90-day supply for most drugs.
  • Check the TRICARE Formulary to see if your prescription is covered.

Military pharmacies are usually at a military hospital or clinic, but some are free-standing pharmacies located elsewhere on the base. 

Need to pick up someone else's prescription?
The process for picking up prescriptions for someone else may vary by pharmacy. Please ask your military pharmacy what you need to pick up someone else's prescription.

New Prescriptions

If your provider is:  Do this with your prescription:

At the military hospital or clinic

Your doctor should send it to the pharmacy electronically, or you can turn it in at the pharmacy.

You can wait for it to be filled, or drop it off and pick it up later.

A civilian TRICARE-authorized providerAn authorized provider is any individual, institution/organization, or supplier that is licensed by a state, accredited by national organization, or meets other standards of the medical community, and is certified to provide benefits under TRICARE. There are two types of TRICARE-authorized providers: Network and Non-Network. DS

Call the military pharmacy to see if it can be filled. If yes:

  • Ask your provider to e-prescribe, or
  • Take it to the military pharmacy

Wait for it to be filled, or drop it off and pick it up later.

If the military pharmacy can’t fill it:

  • The staff works with your provider to find an alternative, or 
  • You can fill it through home delivery or at a network pharmacy.*

Note: You may bring a paper script to your pharmacy. 


Some military pharmacies offer Q-Anywhere services. With Q-Anywhere, you can text your participating military pharmacy to activate a new prescription. Contact your local pharmacy to see if this service is available.

What is Q-Anywhere?

Q-Anywhere lets you quickly activate a new prescription. Simply send a text message to your local participating military pharmacy. Or use your smartphone to scan your pharmacy’s unique QR code.

How can I use Q-Anywhere for my new prescription?

To activate your prescription, text “Get in line” to your local military pharmacy. Then follow the prompts. Or you can scan the pharmacy’s QR code. This will automatically fill in the phone number and “Get in line” text for you.

You can only use Q-Anywhere while your military pharmacy is open. If you submit a prescription through Q-Anywhere outside of duty hours, it won’t be received or activatedCalled or ordered to active duty service for more than 30 days in a row..

To refill prescriptions, use your military pharmacy’s automated refill line.

How will I know my prescription is ready?

You’ll receive a text when your prescription is ready for pick-up. It will include instructions on how to get your prescription.

Contact your local military pharmacy to see if Q-Anywhere is available.

Getting Refills

  • Each military pharmacy has its own prescription refill process.
  • Check with the pharmacy for details.
  • If you're a registered user on the MHS GENESIS Patient Portal, you may be able to order refills online.

You can also transfer prescriptions from a network pharmacy to a military pharmacy, if it's available. Call Express Scripts at 1-877-363-1303.

Filling Prescriptions at Overseas Military Pharmacies

If you have a prescription from an overseas provider, you can get your prescription filled at a military pharmacy. But there are some limits:

  • The prescription must be from an authorized, licensed health care provider.
  • Military pharmacies stock drugs on the Basic Core Formulary.
  • You can receive up to a 90-day supply for most drugs.

Call first to see if your prescription can be filled.


Quantity limits vary by type of pharmacy:

Exceptions can be made if your provider establishes medical necessity.

Last Updated 4/23/2024